I was on Boylston Street in Copley Square around noon when a couple of motorcycle cops came through, lights flashing. Then these three runners (you can't tell from the photo, but the guy is holding a lit torch). Then several vehicles with monks and other people calling for human rights in Tibet. And then the regular flow of traffic.
Third Decade was probably picking feathers out of his camera after taking that photo at today's pillow fight in Copley Square.
... Many people saw me talking to one of the Banditos and asked me what political cause this rally was for. What's sad is that nobody seemed convinced when I told them this was just for fun. ...
Joe Driscoll managed to get just one shot:
It seemed like a nice day for walk. Perhaps over to Copley to visit the Library. The last thing I remember is a crazed individual and a Red Sox logo. Then the world went black.
Pillow fight on the Common.
Fabulously Out There is walking to work at the Pru this morning when she starts seeing weird people:
... Next, two men come toward dressed in bedsheets covered in fake blood.
At which point I an wondering....are they crusaders? It is Good Friday and we all know what the Catholics did back in the day. These two might be a bit much into it.
Then, suddenly, Wonder-freaking-Woman, just with different colors appears.
At this point I am doubting my sanity.
There were a few pirate as well....and....as I enter my office building, I see a dude walking around in what resembles a popcorn box (home made, think Halloween) that said "DUH" on it. ...
Hmm, sounds like a job for Anime Boston, which opens today at, tah dah, the Hynes.
Scooterdude, the guy you see floating around Copley Square on a scooter powered by a windblown plastic sail, has a blog. And he does more than just scoot.
One of the statues on the Dartmouth Street side of the BPL main branch went with some ermine blankets to keep warm today. Inside, in the courtyard, Bacchante shared her fuzzy hat with the infant Faun:
I'm probably just imagining it, but whoever put this guy up at the BPL entrance to Copley station sure seems to be pining for the days of Donna Summer.
It was just a simple photograph, background on the cell phone of a man found dead in the men's room at a Copley Square mall. But even for a paramedic used to death, it changed everything.
Alyssa Boehm adds film crews to the list of things she has to navigate around as she walks to her job near Copley Square (right up there with tourists, herds of child-care givers pushing double-wide strollers and the guy who feeds the ducks):
... A few of my friends live in LA and remind me that they have to deal with film shoots all the time. I pointed out they have better weather, better tacos and my personal favorite, palm trees. ...
Andrea picks up an heirloom tomato at the Copley farmer's market:
... It was big and purple, and it looked sort of diseased. Had I not known better, I would have thought it was rotten. When I cut into it, its very center was red, with dark splotches of purple around the edges. I cubed the whole thing and threw it into a pan coated with warm olive oil. Then I added a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar and waited just a few minutes for it to become a sauce for my rigatoni, tossed with fresh parsley and Argentine parmesan. ...
J.L. Bell discusses why one of this revoluionary city's most prominent squares is named for a Loyalist who fled Boston in 1774 for England. Also, he suggests the arriviste BPL should stop trying to get the Copley subway stop renamed for itself.
Break the CharlieCard machines but don't tell anybody, then station creepy plainclothes workers next to them to "help" people trying to refill their cards, which will so weird them out they'll give up and buy a more expensive CharlieTicket.
Third Decade uses the plywood-enhanced, constricted Copley today and all he can think is: Fire trap.
Chicago? Hah! Here's how windy it was in Copley Square early this evening:
For as long as I can remember, WCRB radio has sponsored a series of lunchtime concerts at Copley Square park. The concerts took place every Thursday in both June and September.
But not this year. I wrote to WCRB asking where to find next month's schedule, and got this reply from Mark Edwards, the station's director of programming:
We simply didn't have the budget to pull it off, I'm afraid. The concerts were very expensive for us to host, and there has been dwindling support from advertisers. Additionally, the city was unable to help us defray costs.
Teddy Kokoros has photographic proof that Boston police don't just blow up every single suspicious package - he describes what happened when a police officer asked him to move while he was waiting for the bus:
Charlie on the MBTA reports that Tom Menino wants legislation to make the MBTA change the name of Copley station to Copley/BPL station.